EARTHQUAKE PREPAREDNESS TIPS
California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services
Before an Earthquake
Store enough food and water to last for 72
hours, preferably for one week. Prepare a
shelter or evacuation kit for your pet,
including an unbreakable dish, veterinarian
records, a restraint (leash or pet carrier) and
medication with instructions.
Keep your pet’s ID tag up-to-date.
Make sure nothing can fall on your pet.
Arrange for a neighbor to take care of your pet
if you are not able to get home after an
When preparing your home for an
earthquake, don’t forget to include
your pets on the list. They will depend
on you even more after an earthquake
to take care of them and their needs.
During and After an
Do not try to hold onto your pet during the
shaking. Animals will instinctively protect
themselves and hide where they’re safe. If you
get in their way, even the nicest pets can turn
Be patient with your pets after a quake. They
get stressed just like people and need time to
readjust. They may disappear for some time,
but they generally show up again when things
have calmed down.
If you have outdoor pets, you should keep
them indoors until the aftershocks have
subsided and they have calmed down.
If you must evacuate your home, leave your
pet secured in a safe place. Pets will not be
allowed at shelters. Be sure to leave plenty of
clean water and food. If possible, visit your
pet daily until you can return home.